ONE FOOT IN THE PLAY OFFS
Zorya welcome CSKA Sofia to Zaporizhya for the second leg of their Europa League Third Round Qualifying tie. The Ukrainian side go into the game with a vital away goal having secured a 1-1 draw in Bulgaria last week.
The result was slightly surprising, with many in Ukraine, expecting Viktor Skripnyk’s men to get the majority of the task complete in the first leg. Fortunately, Vladlen Yurchenko’s penalty provided of a safety blanket for them to take into the home fixture.
On the weekend, Zorya fans were given a glimpse into the full capabilities of their side as the team beat a motivated Kolos Kovalivka. Bohdan Lednev was once again instrumental in the attacking midfield role and will look to cause some serious problems for the CSKA defence.
Likewise, Nazariy Rusyn looks to be a shrewd aquisition as he got his first goal on his first start. He also contributed with a fine assist, showcasing his pace and strength that will no doubt help his hold up play game. An improvement on Budkivskyi ten fold.
Defensively, there are still some questions that need to be answered and these will need to be addressed sooner rather than later with Espanyol, potential play off opponents.
A goalless draw will do for Zorya tonight, but if the team want to stand any chance of making the groups, they will need to start showing improvements now! Coefficient points are at stake!